Liberty Station is a place to discover a burgeoning hub for life and culture in San Diego. A unique destination filled with nearly 120 galleries, museums, artists, studios, makers, creators, and distinctive dining experiences. This new gathering place within 360 waterfront acres of the former Naval Training Center features historic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, vast landscaped open spaces and plenty of free parking.
Liberty Station is a destination where visitors and locals can stroll the 25 park-like acres, discover something new and collect beautiful moments. Many of the 38 historic buildings are now bursting with authenticity, creativity, heritage, and innovation. Always changing and evolving, Liberty Station is a place to create, connect, learn, shop, dine meet explore and buy local art.
Open up opportunities to make memories, enjoy history, and simply live life. Watch a sunset paint the San Diego sky as a concert begins. Recline on a picnic blanket with fresh-baked bread and your best friend. Find that perfect birthday gift. Explore historic landmarks as you wander the spacious courts and plazas.
FIRST FRIDAY ARTS DISTRICT
For nearly 10 years, San Diego residents and visitors have made ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station their destination for arts and culture every first Friday, thanks to a community open house called Friday Night Liberty — a fun, fresh, free art experience.
With the remarkable growth of the ARTS DISTRICT since 2009, and with much more in the DISTRICT for
art lovers to wander, experience and enjoy, event producers at the NTC Foundation are hitting the
reset button with a new name and new expanded format.
Beginning on April 5, the event that San Diego Magazine calls the “Best FREE Art Event” will be renamed
FIRST FRIDAY ARTS DISTRICT and expanded with additional activities and more programming from
community partners for a more energized arts experience.
- The April 5 FIRST FRIDAY will feature the LeVieux Labyrinth in Barracks 15/16 Plaza, San Diego Ballet
performing Poetry in Motion!, Malashock Dance Company excerpts in Barracks 17 Plaza, Uchidashi
Japanese-style jewelry demo in Anneville Jewelry Lab and much more.
- Launching on June 7, FIRST FRIDAY will be supersized each quarter as FIRST FRIDAY ARTS DISTRICT
(((amplified))) with live concerts, a craft Beer Garden and a Pop-Up Market so attendees can experience
even more creative activities for the mind, heart, soul, and stomach.
Scheduled for June 7, September 6 and December 6 in 2019, these bigger and expanded FIRST FRIDAYS will cap the evening with the highly successful Liberty Station Concerts.
- For the third year, ARTS DISTRICT is partnering with Beer, Food and Music to present leading local bands in fully produced outdoor concerts on the grassy North Promenade. June’s FIRST FRIDAY (((amplified))) will feature New Reveille, listed by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: August 2018.” This five-piece band has been described as “twangy, truck-driving music that runs on classical gas.”
Summer camps at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station
Summer camps at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station are where kids can get creative. Camps feature music, dance, theater, creative writing, hands-on art-making, photography, and more, all in Liberty Station’s park-like setting. There’s even a camp for junior Rock ‘n Rollers! Kids can explore and discover new skills in San Diego’s growing ARTS DISTRICT. Beat the summer boredom with a fun-filled, upbeat, and lively experiences! Starting in May, classes and workshops presented by 13 professional arts organizations throughout the creative campus are ideal for families looking for creative experiences for their children ages 4–17.
This year the Summer Camp Sign-up Fair is on Sunday, April 7 from 12 AM – 4 PM on the North Promenade 2875 Dewey Rd. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with signature ARTS DISTRICT Summer Camp providers. Meet teachers, learn about camps, see performances and sign up for camp before you miss out!